The Search for Bitcoin’s Creator Misses the Point of Bitcoin

Satoshi Nakamoto is the mysterious inventor of the cryptocurrency bitcoin. The name could represent anyone or a group of people, and since bitcoin’s creation in 2008, there have been a lot of theories about who Nakamoto really is. A lot. Most recently, Wired and Gizmodo presented evidence in December that Nakamoto was Australian computer scientist Craig Wright. People raised doubts at the time, but on Monday, BBC News, the Economist, and GQ all published Wright’s own claim that he is in fact Nakamoto. “I have not [come forward] because it is what I wanted,” he told BBC News. “I would rather not do it. … I don’t want fame. I don’t want adoration. I just want to be left alone.” Despite his plea for privacy, Wright published an unconvincing blog post claiming that he will offer definitive proof this week by moving bitcoin from a known Nakamoto wallet. (If you want a refresher on Nakamoto, how bitcoin works, and what the hell a bitcoin wallet is, watch this.) Doubts persist about the connection between Wright and Nakamoto, though.

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